Cesc Fabregas latest: Barcelona midfielder on verge of £27m move to Chelsea

Spanish playmaker has been offered a four-year deal at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea are closing in on completing a £27million deal for Cesc Fabregas, and have offered the Barcelona midfielder a four-year contract worth £156,000-a-week.

As reported in the Evening Standard, Chelsea will pay £27m up front but the fee will rise depending on any trophies he wins at the club.

The Blues' manager Jose Mourinho last night confirmed the club’s interest in the former Arsenal captain and Spanish newspaper Marca claimed this morning a fee had been agreed with the Stamford Bridge club.

Chelsea had hoped to lure Atletico Madrid’s Koke or Juventus’ Paul Pogba instead but both midfielders ruled themselves out of a switch yesterday.

The Gunners had the first option to buy back Fabregas but they told Barcelona officials they were not interested, leaving the path clear for Chelsea.

Manchester City and Manchester United are still monitoring the situation and could make an offer but Fabregas now seems destined for west London.

 

A return to the capital was his first choice having spent eight years with Arsenal, while Chelsea’s wage offer is considerably more than his £110,000-a-week at Barcelona.

Should Fabregas complete the move, which is likely to be delayed until after Spain’s participation in the World Cup, then Chelsea will benefit from him being classed as a home-grown player for the Premier League and Champions League.

Spain team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta has welcomed the news that Fabregas could be joining him in west London.

He said: “Cesc is a great central midfielder with plenty of experience in the Premier League.  In my personal opinion, he’s a special player. Few teams have this kind of player in their team, a central midfielder who gets forward really well and has great vision of the game, while there are also his statistics, which speak for themselves.

“He can adapt to various positions. Right now, we don’t have a player like Cesc at Chelsea.”

Mourinho has already agreed a £32m deal for striker Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid and hopes to sign Filipe Luis and Tiago Mendes from the Spanish club too.

He is also making room for a possible bid for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane or Porto star Eliaquim Mangala by allowing Tomas Kalas to join Cologne on loan. Kalas impressed in his two starts for the club at the end of the season against Liverpool and Cardiff but he wants first-team football.

With David Luiz joining Paris Saint Germain, it means Chelsea will have only John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma to play centre-half, with right-back Branislav Ivanovic acting as cover in emergencies.

Varane has confirmed Chelsea’s interest but will not discuss his future further until after the World Cup while Mangala would prefer to join Manchester United.

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